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Hamas hails Algeria's support for Palestine

Palestinian protestors chant slogans and wave the national flag and the Algerian flag during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 29 December 2017, following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers. [MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images]
Palestinian protestors chant slogans and wave the national flag and the Algerian flag during a demonstration in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on 29 December 2017 following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers. [MUSA AL SHAER/AFP/Getty Images]

The Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas on Sunday praised the Algerian stance on supporting the Palestinian issue and rejecting normalisation of ties with Israel, a statement announced.

"We also highly evaluate the steadfast Algerian efforts seeking to dismiss the Zionist entity from the African Union (AU)," the statement added.

Meanwhile, Hamas called for all Arab and Islamic countries to "responsibly" take similar steps to those taken by Algeria, as well as: "To exert efforts to hold the Israeli occupation accountable for its crimes and to take a deterrent decision against it."

Hamas also called for Arab and Islamic states to support the Palestinian right to "freedom and independence".

On 22 July, Israel announced rejoining the AU with observer status.

Responding to this, Algerian announced on 25 July that accepting Israel as an observer state in the AU would not affect the African body's stance towards the Palestinian cause.

READ: Algeria calls for expelling Israel from AU 

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